Rottingdean Photography Walk with the Puppy


Yesterday I woke up strangely early for a weekend. With V already at work, I decided to sling on a pair of jeans, my sunnies and go for a photography walk around where I live, to give my new camera, the Olympus PEN E-PL7 a little spin. I often post photos of my favourite spots – the beach, the windmill, but I hardly ever feature the village. I hope these photos will show you a different angle of where I live and one of my favourite places in Sussex.

With the dog lead in one hand and the camera in the other, I soon learned that it isn’t easy to snap the perfect shot with an excitable labrador pulling you along. But eager to persevere, we found a balance of stops for photographs and stops to sniff interesting lamp posts in between. Having only had my camera and the 45mm Lens for less than 24 hours, these are my very first photographs and just an experiment to see what it could do. I have never owned a DSLR and have no proper photography experience (my blog photos are usually taken on my phone) so I had no idea what I was doing. In typical Fizzy P style, I just rushed out without reading the instructions and just went for it. I’ll read up on how to actually use it later….! 🙂

Colourful Art Cafe, perfect spot for brunch in the sunshine


Rottingdean is full of gorgeous hidden cottages with glorious gardens full of flowers in the summer
Kipling Gardens – Just behind the cottage where Rudyard Kipling lived, the gardens are beautiful but you can’t go in with dogs so I’ll have to come back without him next time!


A disgruntled pup wonders if we will be able to walk for 2 minutes before stopping for another photograph


“Please hurry up Mummy”
The pathways are lined with bluebells, this time of year is just beautiful


That was my little walk about the village, despite a bit of drizzle, a lot of mud and a labrador pulling me in every direction, I think I did pretty well and started to get to grips with my camera. As for the Olympus pen, I’m thoroughly impressed so far, especially with the 45mm lens, I love the subtle blur of the background and I just can’t wait to try it out on my next blog photography session as I think it’s a real game changer for me.

Hopefully this is just the start. I’ve got a whole load of Youtube tutorials to watch and photography blog posts lined up to read, so I’m hoping to slowly improve my photography over time. I’m keen to hear what you think to my first little photography walk and any photography tips (and criticism) you’d like to share, just tweet me or comment below, I’d love to hear from you.

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